Blues listed atop the Western NHL odds

The St. Louis Blues hold a slight edge on the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL's Western Conference according to the sportsbooks as Stanley Cup playoff betting gets underway with first-round matchups this week.

The Blues were one of the top stories in the league this season, hiring head coach Ken Hitchcock and then proceeding to roll to second place in the Western Conference standings and first place in the Central Division with an impressive 109 points.

At Sportsbook, then, the Blues are pegged at +250 to win the NHL's Western Conference this spring, which puts them just ahead of the +300 Vancouver Canucks. The Blues will face the San Jose Sharks (+1200) in their first-round NHL betting matchup, while the Canucks will be up against the Los Angeles Kings (+1000).

The other Western division champ, the Phoenix Coyotes, are listed at just +1500 at Sportsbook to win the conference and advance to the Stanley Cup final; they'll take on the Chicago Blackhawks (+600) in the first round. The Nashville Predators (+750) face the Detroit Red Wings (+700) in the final Western Conference matchup.

First-Round Western Playoff Matchups & Betting Trends:

No. 1 Vancouver Canucks vs. No. 8 Los Angeles Kings
The Canucks went 2-2 against the Kings this season.
The OVER/UNDER went 0-1-3 in those four contests.

No. 2 St. Louis Blues vs. No. 7 San Jose Sharks
The Blues went 4-0 against the Sharks this season.
The OVER/UNDER went 1-3 in those four contests.

No. 3 Phoenix Coyotes vs. No. 6 Chicago Blackhawks
The Coyotes went 3-1 against the Blackhawks this season.
The OVER/UNDER went 2-2 in those four contests.

No. 4 Nashville Predators vs. No. 5 Detroit Red Wings
The Predators went 3-3 against the Red Wings this season.
The OVER/UNDER went 1-4-1 in those six contests.

Odds to Win NHL Western Conference at Sportsbook:
St Louis Blues +250
Vancouver Canucks +300
Chicago Blackhawks +600
Detroit Red Wings +700
Nashville Predators +750
Los Angeles Kings +1,000
San Jose Sharks +1,200
Phoenix Coyotes +1,500